@DinaQtobe - Thanks for the info. It looks like each extra hour of reception is going to cost $800 - $1000, so I'm leaning towards cutting it short!
The sun should set a bit later in April too. Your WC will give you a good time to have the ceremony if you want it to be right before the sun sets. This will potentially push back your cocktail hour and reception also so you might end later than 9. We were married at around 3:30 and it was perfect for November. Our cocktail hour happened after the sun had gone behind the buildings and during dinner it was dark, which was fine by me, we had more than enough light from the lighting provided by the resort and the ambient light from the regular lights outside. After dinner and speeches there was little time for a party, but the bartenders did an amazing job of bringing drinks to everyone - a few times they even brought different shots to everyone. We stayed on the Tequila Terrace after the bartenders had packed up. I had my own music system and this was fine.
@DinaQtobe so the packages include a private dinner reception for up to 25 guests, but I can't really figure out if this means we have the space for the rest of the evening, or if there is a separate fee to use the space for the party after dinner is finished?
The wedding package is very comprehensive. The price includes the space for the wedding, cocktail hour and for the 3 hour reception (this includes the time it takes to eat dinner) afterwards. As I mentioned above after dinner and speeches there wasn't a lot of time for the party after dinner was fiished but I brought down my own portable speaker system and we stayed and danced for a bit after the bartenders had packed up. No one will be scheduled to use that space after your wedding. You can stay as long as you like, but there will not be bartenders. You can extend your reception for an additional fee, but this adds up fast. We didn't feel it was worth it for 19 people and instead, after our "reception" we headed to the club/disco. Again, I brought my speakers and we danced for a bit before it opened. Once it opened it was a really good time - lots of people dancing and congratulating us!
If you read my review you might find it helpful. Go to my profile and then "reviews".
Edited by DinaQtobe, 23 April 2015 - 03:38 PM.